Dear NACLA Supporters,
We at NACLA have been pondering a few questions over the last couple of weeks. What does NACLA mean in the 21st century? How can we best serve our mission? I think it's a function of our new beginning at NYU: how can we launch the best NACLA 2.0 possible?
We'd like to hear what you have to say.
NACLA has its origins in the anti-U.S. imperialism movement of the 1960s and in print media. Today, we are presented with the opportunity—and the challenge—to evolve into a modern activist media organization that effectively confronts the challenges of the 21st century. From anti-Latino sentiment in the U.S. and racism against indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples across Latin America to American economic imperialism and drug wars in Mexico, the battles we must fight are myriad.
We have a couple of ideas about how to utilize NACLA's strengths to confront these issues. In 2013 we plan to revamp our website and launch a tablet app to bring our progressive journalism to the widest possible audience. We will also seek out new partnerships with activist organizations across the Americas, including Latino student groups in the U.S. and universities south of the border.
Our greatest resource is you, our supporters. So tell us: how would you like to see NACLA evolve over the next few years?
Please send suggestions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected messages may be published as Letters to the Editor in our March issue.
FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION Frozen Happiness: Impunity, Elections, and Hope in Oxaca. Tuesday, Feb. 19th 7:30 p.m. @ THE BRECHT FORUM
This documentary follows the struggle of a mother and children to gain the freedom of their husband and father. Charged with the 2006 assassination of New York-based Indy-reporter Brad Will, grassroots activist Juan Manuel Martinez endured sixteen months of imprisonment. Set against the first democratic change of government in eighty years in Oaxaca, Mexico. By Mariano Wainsztein, Gerardo Renique and Tami Gold. 451 West Street, NYC; 212 242-4201; brechtforum.org; sliding scale $6/$10/$15
LECTURE AND BOOK DISCUSSION Investigative journalist Julie López, author of Gerardi: Death in God's Neighborhood. Friday, Feb. 22nd, 2013 2:00-3:30 p.m. @ NACLA
"Gerardi: Death in God's neighborhood" opens a window into a dark page of Guatemala's postwar: the April 1998 killing of Bishop Juan Gerardi, who dedicated the last years of his life to give a voice to the victims of the internal civil conflict. López 's in-depth journalistic book explores the murder 's hypotheses and their ripple effect in the Catholic Church, Army, and Presidency, and how the case became a mined field with blurry borders between good and evil. Lopez's disclosure of military of the military involvement in Bishop Gerardi's killing is particularly important right now, as former president General Ríos Montt faces trial for human rights abuses. Center for Latin American Studies at NYU, 53 Washington Square South, Fl. 4W, NYC; 212-998-8638. Free and open to the public.
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What's New at the NACLA Store
* NEW BOOKS In the latest Report on the Americas, we review the latest releases by NACLA contributors Raul Zibechi and Marina Sitrin, both of which offer fascinating examinations of current disruptive social movements in Latin America. If you like what you read, both Territories in Resistance ($19.95) and Everyday Revolutions ($24.95) are now available at the NACLA Store, where all your purchases are tax-free and the proceeds go directly back into this organization. Supplies are limited.
The Latest from the NACLA Blogs:
Dorset Chipas Solidarity Group: Solidarity Brings Freedom and Justice for Zapatista Francisco Sántiz López
Nazih Richani: Striking Coal Miners in Colombia and the Vulnerabilities of a Rentier Based Economy
Todd Miller: Living in a Constitution-Free Zone
Kevin Edmonds: A Small Step Toward Ending Duvalier's Impunity in Haiti
We want to hear what you have to say! Whether you totally agree with our authors or passionately dispute the angle of an article, leave a comment. With your participation, NACLA online can be a rich forum for discussion on the Latin America topics of the day.
Stay tuned for upcoming interviews, event announcements, and previews.